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FCC Nods to New Use of Airwaves

The November 5 edition of the New York Times reports on the FCC’s November 4 “white spaces” vote:

“Over the objections of television broadcasters and other groups, federal regulators set aside a disputed slice of radio spectrum for public use on Tuesday, hoping it would lead to low-cost, high-speed Internet access and new wireless devices.

“The Federal Communications Commission voted 5 to 0 to approve the new use for the unlicensed frequencies, known as white spaces.

“A coalition of powerful groups, including broadcasters, Broadway theater producers and sports franchises, hoped to derail or delay the decision. They have argued that their own transmissions—whether from television signals or from wireless microphones used in live music performances—could face interference from new devices that use the white spaces.”

Read the remainder of the story here.